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The Miracle of the Pool of Bethesda

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1727 - 1804

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1759

Oil on canvas

28 x 45 5/8 inches (71.1 x 115.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 383, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1902

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The Gospels tell how Christ miraculously cured a paralyzed man by ordering: "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk" (John 5:8). The elaborate architectural background included in this painting may refer to a description in the gospel according to Saint John that situates the miracle at the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem, a resort for the sick, and mentions that it was bordered with an elaborate colonnade.

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